We came from here:
I started with a barn that had a face and the thread has grown to include country scenes. All pictures are welcome. We really enjoy seeing what you have.
Graffiti Barn was around when my Mom was young. What happened is unexcuseable.
FIRE DESTROYS GRAFFITI BARN
Grandview, Iowa - Investigators say they suspect arson in an early morning fire that destroyed a Louisa County landmark today.
The Grandview Fire Department was called at 4:34 a.m. today to the fire at Iowa Highway 92 and County Road X43. When they arrived, Chief Mitch Schweitzer said, large flames were engulfing an old barn known locally known as the Graffiti Barn.
Additional firefighters and tankers from departments in Letts and Columbus Junction were immediately requested for assistance.
Fire crews knocked down the flames, but the barn was completely destroyed, Schweitzer said.
No injuries were reported and property loss estimates have not yet been determined.
The exact cause of the fire is still unknown, but arson is suspected, Schweitzer said.
The fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Louisa County Sheriff's Office at 319-523-4371.
Barn Faces and Country Scenes, Part Three
We came from here:
Oh, so sad. Isn't that the second barn we've had burned this year on this forum? What a shame for you folks in the area!
But I'm so glad you started a new thread. We went for a ride into Amish country yesterday and was thinking I'd start one since I thought you may have been really busy with your new grandbabies!
Except for a couple which I'll note, these were taken in the Amish community of Ethridge, TN which is just outside Lawrenceburg (home of Davey Crockett and Fred Thompson, former US senstor and current actor - their claim to fame I guess). The Amish sell their specialty wares from their houses and also from a few 'general stores' and a farmer's market through the week. You also catch a glimpse of many buggies. Didn't see too many of those yesterday. We rode with a group so didn't get to linger as long as I'd like. It had been several years since we had visited this area and it's almost a tourist attraction on Saturdays these days, especially with the produce, baskets, and jams, jellies, etc they are now selling.
This was a beautifully kept farm.
Outside, busy, but I only get to see the kids once a week. We've been watering and watering. I have taken a few new photos, but never got here yesterday. I'm glad you had pictures to post.
I love Amish country.
Our Amish General Stores are called "The Country Store" and "Stringtown." The General Store is tiny, but has a few toys, dishs and glassware, canning things, sewing, lantern parts and clothes. There is more, but you get the idea. Stringtown, is mostly grocery. Then they have what I call Scratch and Dent, LOL! The stuff flies off the shelves.
The pictures are awesome!! I don't think I've ever seen a cistern in our area. That will be something I look for now.
I loved the cows in the distance too at the one house, and the ''triplets'' were adorable!!
The no Amish barn was cool too!
Red on green, just beautiful! The hills are amazing!
I love how they all keep their barns painted. It says a lot about them. Too many people won't or don't care about their's anymore.
My favorite picture :o)
That vine covered windmill is awsome. Is it covered with trumpet flower? The amount of growth is unbelieveable! I think the average farm windmill is around 30-35 ft tall?
I remember as a kid, climbing to the top of our windmill, out in the barn lot, so I could see where my brothers were working in the fields. Then I'd hop on a tractor and go get them for dinner or supper. No cell phones then! ha.
Sasha, you know, from the distance, I couldn't tell what the vine was. I really had to zoom up on it. I think that's about how tall windmills are. How cool that you climbed your's! That's one thing I never had a chance to do, but I sure would have!
Outside, I love the fresh paint on the advertising. I wish we saw more of that, but, then it would lose it's quaintness.
Green on green is beautiful!
Nice rusty roof barns. The second one is pretty!
I love the hill echoing the barn in the last picture!
Do your friends think you're nuts photographing old barns? LOL!
There was the neatest leaning building and I never got a picture of it. Next time we said. Well, someone pushed it over. It actually made the papers. Lesson learned. Never take it for granted that neat picture will be there next time.
Newest pictures. Neat stone foundation.
Yes, I meant to add that I was glad Sasha asked about the vine. I was worried it was kudzu, which has tried to take over the south, but then I noticed it was just running up the windmill. I wondered if it was something like morning glory but surely someone would have noticed it blooming.
Sally, you know I'm a sucker for stone and red barns, so that first picture is lovely to me and so is the last big farm with all those beautiful fields and red buildings. That is a beautiful home.
I always wonder about the old houses and their history and if anyone comes back and visits who used to live there. That looks like it was once a nice house.
Yes, I'm sure people think I'm crazy taking photos of anything from the back of a motorcycle, lol! I'm sure the ones behind me thought I had lost my mind, but then again, it was a lady driving a trike the other day and she had her 16-year old grand-daughter with her, so maybe she cut me some slack.
I try to visit a website called Steve's Digicams (it's www.stevesdigicams.com) for the daily photo of the day. About a week or so ago he had a gorgeous barn someone had photographed with a green roof against a lush green field and bright blue sky. The barn had an ad on it for a tonic. It was the photo of the day. Check it out if you're interested.
Outside, I love to see a well kept barn and I'm a sucker for the stone bases too, LOL!
Luckily, I think we're too cold for Kudzu. We have a different vine taking over the countryside and I forget the name already. I had just looked it up!
Aha, found it! Black Bindweed. It does have the neatest, shiniest, blackest, seeds. They are three sided.
ROTFL over the trike and maybe cutting you slack!!!
The link doesn't work, but I think I have Steve bookmarked. He's wonderful for looking up cameras!
I may have posted this long ago. It's one of my favorites since it looks like the tree went thru the house :o)
Have a great day everyone. I have a lot to do outside today.